Wild Arms Spiritual Successor ‘Armed Fantasia’ Reveals Development Update; Enemy Number Decided, Dungeon Themes & BGM Ambition
The team behind the successfully kickstarted turn-based JRPG Armed Fantasia has shared a development update regarding several facets of the game. Models for the world map are still being crafted, and testing is being performed for the boat and flying machine you’ll be able to use for traversal.
- View our dedicated announcement coverage of Armed Fantasia.
- Armed Fantasia Official Kickstarter Trailer
- Environment Footage
- 6 Party Members Renders & Profiles
- Noriyasu Agematsu Composer Interview
- Armed Fantasia Gameplay Designer Interview
- Bangin’ Armed Fantasia Music
- Final Kickstarter Campaign Update
- New Characters & Monsters; Gameplay Systems Explained
- Vocal Performance & BGM with Development Footage + Concept Art
- Michiko Naruke Interview
- Noriyasu Agematsu Interview #2
- First Playable Build Completed
Additionally, the concepts for the gadgets have all been finalized, though alterations may understandably have to be made depending on how they function in practice. The team also confirmed that Stritsch, Soleil’s partner, will be a gadget.
Moving on, the number of enemies, the Anomalies, has been decided. Further, they’ve all been named, and their signature information has been completed. The idle battle stances for Ingram, Alicia, and Euclid have been completed, too.
As for the dungeons, some of the aesthetics players can anticipate are “classical underground ruins built out of stone,” a “western-punk church facility,” and a “profoundly ornate gothic style.”
Lastly, while vague, some notable ambition is being pursued for the background music. The lead game designer and scenario writer, Akifumi Kaneko, stated he’s considering a method to use the BGM that he’s never done in previous games, and he “may be heading toward dying a hero’s death.” So far, this unspecified soundtrack usage concept is still up in the air for finalization.
For further details regarding the development of Armed Fantasia, check out the game’s latest Kickstarter backer update.
The April 2023 Kickstarter backer update revealed artwork of the following enemy, Fulad-zereh:
Taking place in the land of Londenium, the protagonist, Ingram, decides to leave his hometown after his grandfather passes away. He then becomes a Pathfinder, a profession utilizing ARM (Aether Reaction Maximizer) weaponry to rid the world of Anomalies.
Throughout this Westernpunk wilderness, Ingram will make many allies and enemies involved in a battle that will bring Londenium’s past and future to light. Two of his party members are named Euclid Sturges and Alicia Fairhead.
Players can look forward to a “large-scale party-based JRPG adventure,” where an enormous World Map housing puzzles, sea and air navigation with vehicles, and racing with genuine momentum is present. Dungeon exploration will have party members use their Gadgets, which prevail against obstacles in unique ways.
Combat will be turn-based, using the Cross Order Tactics system. “Successive character actions play a key role in the Chain Order, and disruptive Force Breaks interrupt enemy turn order,” so a vast degree of strategy is strongly emphasized.
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